Okay who ISN’T still hooked on all of Caroline Hirons’ recommendations and notes on proper skincare? No show of hands? I sound like a broken record. I thought so, she’s won us over…we’ve been bit real good by her skin scolding so half the planet has been having a look through their skincare wardrobe and doing a rehash. Caroline mentions what she knows and believes our skin needs and doesn’t need quite often in this video with Pixiwoo. She may not agree with me because in this post I am talking about SOAP, but I’ll explain first. I think proudly Pinoy brand Snoe Beauty’s cold-pressed soaps have something good ongoing because they’re not just soaps, they’re soaps with better ingredients. The advanced facialist and brand consultant, Caroline Hirons is herself a soap-free advocate but from what I gather is she stresses her soap-free mandate exceedingly more for the face, so I’m recommending these primarily for the body. All this frilly (but facially relevant) fuss about soap-free though does have a limit and boundary I think, like for example if and when one day we’re not all comfortably sitting in clean houses with the world constantly turning day by day. I won’t lie, I’d make a mad dash for a bar of good ol’ soap should World War Z happen (God forbid)…wouldn’t you? All of you who just said “No” get a slow butt slap from me.
“Snoe Beauty Bars are made from fresh high grade ingredients to provide superior results. Our soaps are made with dermatologist-approved formulas to ensure that our beauty bars are hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and safe for everyday use. Proudly Philippine Made” PHP199.00 (purchased from the kiosk in Cinderella g/f, Glorietta)
I’m not completely ANTI-SOAP when it comes to body cleansing and once-in-a-while facial cleansing (if I’m completely grimy). I mean check it out, I just asked Gary Valenciano’s beautiful, Puerto Rican mother, Grimi (Mamita to me), last January what her beauty secret was and it baffled me and her that she said “You know Hija, this is funny and they told me it’s bad, but I just wash with soap, and before…not now, oil of Olay cream at night…but my goodness cream, not all the time even. They kept telling me I should not wash with soap…but that’s what I did ever since, and I didn’t have a problem hahaha.” So I think, unless we’re talking about babies, for me washing with soap sometimes is permissible as long as I don’t break out and I just remember to moisturize after. For me what matters is that the soap contains a ton more of good stuff to rave about. So heads up, these soaps ARE soaps and contain some probably diluted lye solution, if that bothers you don’t get these, but I like them very much for body cleansing. I’ve also tested these soaps on an area of my face and speaking for myself (not for all of you), they’re mildy scented with natural ingredients and I didn’t itch or break out. Read more to learn more about each soap and find out which one I sort of like the most for now.
Fresh is the brand name. If you’re actually planning on giving soap to people this Thanksgiving or Christmas from the U.S. or elsewhere, or momentarily have access to a Sephora store, then bless them with this bath soap and this bath soap alone. I actually now wish I’d gotten 2 or 3. Friends brought this home from Sephora for me and it cost me about US$16.50 or Php690.00 in total. No bath soap scent so far reminds me of the holidays as much this one does. I particularly appreciate how it doesn’t smell overly “gourmande” in nature but brings in warmth and freshness of the holiday season at the same time.
KEY INGREDIENTS: Shea butter, Seaberry/Seabuckthorn Oil, Cranberry fruit & seeds, Bitter Orange Peel, and Bamboo. Seaberry oil, also known as seabuckthorn oil, is a powerful antioxidant rich in Omegas that restore and soften the skin, Shea butter also helps nourish and hydrate.
Paraben free | 100% Natural fragrance | Rich in Omegas 3, 6, 7, & 9 | Triple-milled to last longer
Look at this thing, it’s GI-MONGOUS! It’s a well-equipped multitasking bar and scrubs the skin surface well if you apply more pressure. You can feel the cranberry, bamboo, and bitter orange bits as you scrub the bar against your skin, it might feel a bit grainy for some so it might not be their cup of tea, but if you go gently it’s just as good as a regular soap bar. I kind of went scrub happy so part of my arms got a bit red because of my excitement, but only temporarily. It’s so great that the soap bar itself sort of “doubles” as a scrub puff or loofah. It lathers like forever and a day plus the lather is quite silky and buttery, building up steadily as you rub it in. This reminds me of the Snoe soap I sung praises of several months back but that one dissolves away much quicker. Since this is triple-milled this Fresh Seaberry soap won’t melt away fast on you like
the wicked witch other soaps tend to. It’s a heavyweight hitter this soap and although I love my bath oils and gels I do once in awhile miss the act of directly foaming myself up with a bar of good solid soap. I wouldn’t use this on my face directly, I believe it’s really a body soap, if I were to try I’d take some of the lather on my hands and test it on my cheek. This smells so, so…in tune with the last months of the year because of the strong scent of cranberries and orange wrapped up in the creaminess of Shea butter. I sniffed this and got flashbacks of candles and cookies and presents, and even turkey because of the cranberries and I like that for once it’s not that sickly vanilla base scent that so many gourmande type soaps tend to have. Quadruple Like, as in.
Whilst I feel there isn’t the need to have particularly mixed feelings about hand soap in general I say is it’s always fun to have a little variety. I was blessed to be given these 3 hand soap variants at a recent Watsons event. They’re not organic and the only thing I feel they lack is antibacterial properties but they do the job of getting grime off well in three seconds under the tap.
iNGREDIENTS: Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Parfum, DMDM Hydantoin, Glycerin, Benzophenone-3, CI 19140, CI 42090
I immediately opened this one to install in our guest bathroom at home, because if there’s any hope of natural antibacterial action I thought tea tree and witch hazel ought to do the job. The scent of this one is clean outdoorsy and fresh but not overly complex. Of course I then discovered via the ingredients list that these hand soaps do not contain natural fragrance or ingredients and are merely scented as whatever they’re labeled to be scented of. Go figure, while I’m not offended I do feel a teensy weensy bit misled by the nature-evoking packaging. You can’t have it all every time, so for organic skincare lovers this may not be the best hand soap to consider but I can attest to its cleaning abilities and that it doesn’t dry out my hands after or make them feel itchy (as Safeguard tends to do). What I do particularly like is the tubby bottle which ensures it won’t topple over when you pump product out even on near empty days (there’s nearly nothing that can ruin my day quicker than a bottle that falls over that way).
In case you haven’t heard, Watsons PH are having 3-day weekend sales for the next two weeks! The first weekend has already passed so you won’t want to miss the next two Watsons sales from September 21-23 and 28-30. There’s a bonus 10% discount for minimum purchases worth Php1500 in one go so if you haven’t done your household toiletry shopping you surely won’t want to miss out.
Throughout the last 4-5 years I’ve been alternating faithfully between only two body washes. There was the occasional Cetaphil Antibacterial Bar soap thrown in for good measure but without a regular salary that simply costs too much. These body washes are of a similar type of fragrance family, clean, bouncy, soapy, and fresh and with the aid of a scrubber puff both variants keep my skin supple without any irritation. One is imported and one is local.
Simply Ivory Original Scent Body Wash – I’m happy I was able to find a smaller bottle of Simply Ivory for the photo. Both of these come in jumbo sizes, too. This is such a pretty scent, I just wish it were a bit more powerful but it breaks the day open for me with a whiff of clean freshness. It’s not citrus-y which is great because I’m not extremely fond of citrus scents in toiletries. To me it’s soapy, bouncy, with a dash of floral baby cologne making its way through at some point…and I obviously suck at describing it LOL. Basically if my bedsheets smelt like it I’d bury my nose in and nearly suffocate myself with glee. I think of peppery soap shavings tossed in a bowl with a few gardenia and jasmine buds…I’m not 100% sure if those are the correct floral notes I smell, I’m going by memory.
Johnson’s Baby Milk Bath – A lot of Filipinas put on the lotion from the range, me included a few years back. I know this because I was out once and counted smelling about 2 or 3 girls passing me with the same milky clean scent. This for me is a bit more hydrating than the Simply Ivory One, it’s got a bit of a younger, creamier, soft soap scent and costs way less too (because it’s not imported from the U.S.) and can be found like almost everywhere from pharmacies, to groceries, to department stores. A former, former, flame liked smelling my shoulder repeatedly whenever I paired this with the lotion. When the Simply Ivory one is out of stock at S&R I never fail to grab a bottle of this to replace it. It’s way more affordable and smells stronger, too. I’m excited to see what the reformulation is like…if it’s more moisturizing or something.